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Bell's Java Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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very good

2,593 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,593
Reviews: 1,057
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 138
Gots: 210 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-11-2001)
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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown almost black color with a 1 finger tan head. the smell is coffee loads of it and a little sweetness and roastiness. the taste is a lot of coffee with a little roastiness and sweetness, but not well balanced between beer and coffee. the mouthfeel is sa little thinner than expected and well carbonated. overall this is a good beer, not something i would go after again with the other coffee beers out there.

rowingbrewer, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev +2%

jaidenjb, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of larryi86
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated 11/16/11 poured into a snifter

A- Black with a tan one finger head.

S- Coffee and espresso, slightly burnt.

T- A lot like the nose, nice bitter coffee finish, hints of dark chocolate, still has that slightly burnt quality through out.

M- Medium body, creamy.

O- A good coffee beer with a huge coffee flavor, but there are better coffee beers out there. Very happy I got to try this but I wouldn't take the time to hunt it down again. Kind of reminds me of Péché Mortel, but the coffee beans used in Java Stout are not as good.

larryi86, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of chilly460
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Shiny black body but with definite rootbeer colored highlights, not opaque blackness like some RIS. The head is a fluffy tan, great retention.

S: Great, plain and simple. It literally smells like a fresh brewed cup of coffee. Not complex, but so overwhelmingly "good" that I'm sold.

T: The coffee is definitely the first flavor present, but this is still a beer. The flavor is deep and rich, but not over-roasted. Some sweetness from the malts on the tail end. Well balanced between its rich coffee flavor and malt sweetness.

M: Great slippery mouthfeel, velvety.

O: A very nice beer, not sure that it fits in with the larger RIS, but standing on it's own as a stout I really like it. Not complex, but flavors are rich enough to make up for it.

chilly460, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of 33nickadams
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is opaque and almost completely black, tan head at the corners of the glass. Smells of chocolate and strong java coffee. The smell reminds me of coffee from Starbucks. Tastes of strong coffee, some chocolate, some sweetness, followed by a strong bitter coffee flavor. Mouthfeel is heavy and smooth. Nicely carbonated. I love having coffee stouts on brew day! Although very nicely done, I prefer FBS.

33nickadams, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of TheBishopco
4/5  rDev +2%

TheBishopco, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of szartman
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

szartman, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of frenchblood21
2.85/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pitch black with a large tan head.

Smell- Of course, coffee and chocolate. Mine had a distinct smell of soap, and I know it wasn't the glass.

Taste- Same as the nose minus the soap.

Mouthfeel- Coats your mouth like an iced mocha would. Very heavy up front and thins out as it goes down.

Overall- To be honest, I've come to expect a bit more from Bell's. Its a drinkable beer but not at all memorable for its style/class.

frenchblood21, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Unchi
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

Unchi, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of salinasa
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

salinasa, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of solargoat
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

solargoat, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +2%

TasteTester, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of Goldfoot
4/5  rDev +2%

Goldfoot, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of afdempse
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a huge frothy head that takes its time settling down. Thick foam clings to the sides of the glass on its way down.

Big aroma of black coffee and darkly roasted barley.

Bold, bitter coffee flavor with a roasty edge. Dark chocolate, riesen candy, burnt toast notes. Slight caramel finish mixes with light alcohol notes in the breath.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Medium-low carbonation. Seems a bit more like beer coffee than coffee beer, but I liked it just the same.

afdempse, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of twkirkby
4/5  rDev +2%

twkirkby, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of alamode
4/5  rDev +2%

alamode, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of ububru
4/5  rDev +2%

ububru, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of brystmar
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sarah for bringing this back from Indiana!

Looks like a stout, decent head and lace. Dark coffee & espresso explosion in the nose, supplemented by baker's chocolate and plenty of deeply roasted malts. Hint of forest-y funk at the end that's reminiscent of Nøgne Ø's Dark Horizon.

Massive coffee bomb on the tongue as it rushes to the back of my throat. Espresso galore, lingering bitter coffee as it descends. Surprisingly thin body detracts from the experience. Absolutely imbalanced, but I happen to like it.

brystmar, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of cates1tg
5/5  rDev +27.6%

cates1tg, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of Gatch
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Deep, dark, pitch black. No light comes through. A medium-to-dark brown head forms and fades quickly.

S - Coffee, duh. Amaretto, dark chocolate, espresso.

T - Wow...now that was a jolt. Strong coffee smacks you in the mouth. There's a strong bite at the end. It seems to be a combination of alcohol and absurd amounts of coffee. There's also plenty of roasted malt and really dark chocolate. I can taste something great trying to come through but it just finishes funky. I thought it would get better as it warms but it didn't. Sort of like lake water and old coffee.

M - Palate becomes saturated with roasted malt and coffee beans. Like you just chewed on coffee beans. Thinner-than-expected body and a strange aftertaste. Like way too strong of an espresso that has been sitting out for too long. I poured out the last few sips from my glass.

Pretty sure this wasn't an old bottle so I think Bell's just overdid it on this one. May have gotten a little cocky, ha.

Gatch, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of wvsabbath
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark tan/black, creamy 1 inch head, plenty of lacing at first, then dies down rather quickly.

Smell - Strong malty coffee java aroma. Cocoa, nuts, dark fruits, a little caramel and smoke in there also.

Taste - Dark, robust and very bitter coffee bomb. All other flavors are buried under this. The real issue is, the coffee doesnt seem to be very good quality. Malts add a burnt, smoked flavor. Hops, sugars, everything is masked.

Mouthfeel - Bitter coffee coats everything. Tounge and palette is coated with java. Aftertaste is bitter smokey.

Overall - Not a fan, the coffee flavor is overboard, and not very flavorful. No balance, just java bomb, and not very good java at that.

wvsabbath, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of Stocean1
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One finger head in a pint glass, this is a near black brew with some retention and little lacing. Smell is coffee and burnt malt and the taste follows the nose. Medium body with little carbonation it is dry and bitter with some vanilla and chocolate notes. A very nice brew.

Stocean1, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of marct
4/5  rDev +2%

marct, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of blackcompg
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a 5oz glass as part of a 6 beer flight at Bell's Brewery...

Appearance - Beer is a dark opaque brown, tan head with some nice lacing left behind.

Smell - Fresh rich ground coffee with notes of burnt toffee.

Taste - Dark black roasty coffee, with toasted dry breadcrust and dark chocolate. Finishes dry with lots of lingering black coffee.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel with medium carbthat leaves a dry clean palate. Very smooth and drinkable.

Overall - Really a nice and balanced java stout, lots of roasted coffee and perfect dryness to keep you sipping.

blackcompg, Dec 10, 2011
Bell's Java Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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